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CHICAGO: Teen’s death illuminates police code of silence

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder. Not until 15 months later was one of those officers and a detective who concluded the shooting justified put on desk duty. At least eight other officers failed to recount the same scene that unfolded on the video. All of them remain on the street, according to the department. The lack of swift action illustrates the difficulty of confronting the “code of silence” that has long been …

Texas: Anti-abortion activist rejects probation offer

Friday, February 5, 2016

An attorney for an anti-abortion activist said Thursday that his client does not plan to accept a proposed plea deal for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos. Terry Yates, the attorney for David Daleiden, who faces a felony and a misdemeanor charge, said he is prepared to head to trial if …

Grand jury indicts 16 people in Oregon

Friday, February 5, 2016

By MARK BERMAN and LEAH SOTTILE Washington Post A federal grand jury has indicted 16 people for their roles in the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff, charging them all with a count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States. The group’s leader, Ammon Bundy, and 15 other people “prevented federal officials from performing their official duties by force, threats and intimidation,” according …

Man escapes Franklin fire, but house left in ruins

Sunday, January 24, 2016

As he glanced out the window at the charred remains of his Nelson Street home Sunday, Ed Bloom said he knew how lucky he was to be alive. Sitting in his neighbor’s living room, Bloom, an 86-year-old Franklin …

Inmates rappelled from roof to escape California jail

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Authorities say three inmates who escaped from a maximum-security jail in Southern California cut through half-inch steel bars, got to the roof and rappelled down using a makeshift rope. They escaped Friday at the Orange County Men’s Central …

Lead pipes lurk in older neighborhoods across the nation

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Lead pipes like the ones that led to contamination of the tap water in Flint, Mich., carry water into millions of older homes across the U.S. every day, a legacy of an era before scientists realized the severe …

California governor rejects parole of 73-year-old Manson follower

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected parole for a third time for a follower of cult leader Charles Manson 46 years after a series of bloody murders rocked Southern California. Bruce Davis was convicted of the 1969 slayings of …

Canadian police charge 17-year-old after school shooting in small community

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Police on Saturday charged a 17-year-old boy with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in a mass shooting at a school and home in a remote aboriginal community in western Canada, officials said. …

Vacant building fire in Manchester appears suspicious

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Fire officials are investigating an early-morning fire in Manchester that they deemed to be suspicious in nature. WMUR reports the two-alarm blaze at a vacant building on West Street was called in about 5 a.m. Thursday. Fire crews arrived to the scene to find the building fully involved. …

Judge sets a trial date in Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios case

Friday, January 22, 2016

A judge has set a trial date in the lawsuit over Rhode Island’s failed deal with Curt Schilling’s video game company. Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein said Friday the trial is scheduled to start Sept. 1 with jury …

Greece: Migrant crisis claims 46 lives

Friday, January 22, 2016

The death toll in Europe’s migration crisis rose Friday when two overcrowded smuggling boats foundered off Greece and at least 46 people drowned – more than a third of them children – as European officials remained deeply divided …

Ex-Oklahoma officer gets 263 years for rapes, sex assaults

Friday, January 22, 2016

A former police officer convicted of raping and sexually victimizing women while on his beat in a low-income Oklahoma City neighborhood was ordered Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison. Jurors had recommended that Daniel …

Virginia serial killer Charles Severance sentenced to life in prison

Friday, January 22, 2016

Convicted serial killer Charles Severance again sparred with a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge at his formal sentencing Thursday, trying unsuccessfully to have the hearing postponed and his attorneys dismissed immediately. He was ultimately sentenced to life in …